I can't tell for sure, but I think this might be part of the Sundial Garden which used to be the croquet lawn and tennis courts. It was designed as an April garden by landscape architect Marian Coffin. In this garden the flowers cluster around a central armillary sundial.
The pictures that I have seem to indicate that I was there in the middle of the summer - June or July. I know that the daylilies and roses were in bloom and it was quite hot outdoors, although the sky was overcast which made my photos somewhat dark, especially under the trees.
Fondest memory: One of the neatest things about these gardens is that there is always something in bloom. Reading the Winterthur Yearly Bloom Calendar it seems like the gardens would be really magnificent in the spring, but there will be something to see in anytime.
As summer marches on, the Winterthur woodlands are alive with the blooms of native and hybrid daylilies and the delicate whites of joe-pye-weed and bugbane. At Magnolia Bend, the whites of the oakleaf hydrangeas and astilbes are paired with the pink blossoms of rugosa roses and the pale yellow of coreopsis. In the Quarry Garden amid the soothing sounds of natural springs and meandering streams, you can enjoy astilbes, iris, white bellflowers, and rudbeckia in full flower along with hostas that are just starting to bloom. The Glade refreshing with the waterfall and fish pools surrounded by daylilies and hydrangeas. Nearby, the Reflecting Pool is filled with pink, yellow, and white waterlilies and lotus. And as the summer progresses, the streambanks and wetlands of the estate seem to change every week as native wildflowers come in and out of bloom.
Winterthur was named after what is now the second largest city in Kanton Zürich, Switzerland. I know they told me what the reason for the name was, but I don't remember whether it was because that's where the du Ponts were from, or for some other reason. In 1839, it was a 12 room Greek Revival house. Five generations had lived there before Henry Francis du Pont's birth. He and his wife, Ruth, and their two daughters, Pauline and Ruth lived quietly there after he bought it from a cousin.
The du Pont's collected European antiques, but Henry Francis recognized that American antiques were equally worth preserving and collecting. So in 1929, H.F. duPont added a nine-story wing on the downhill side of the house to display a growing collection of the furnishings made in the US prior to 1860. There are now 175 period rooms featuring 89,000 objects made or used in America between 1640 and 1860. The sheer scale of the house and museum is difficult to portray in a picture.
There is a huge number of antiques and early American decorative arts displayed here. At the time, I was particularly interested in crewel embroidery and needlepoint. Even though I took two tours I had little chance of seeing it all.
Fondest memory: I was particularly impressed with the idea that the du Ponts actually used the rooms that were filled with priceless antiques.
I also found it astonishing that du Pont would buy a whole fabric of a room, including the walls or paneling, fireplace and doors in order to display the furniture in an authentic setting.
Favorite thing: The view is of the rear entrance to the museum, good handicap parking back here. There is also a tram which pulls about 6 cars total and can seat about 12 people per car. The tram takes you on a tour through all the gardens, the Sundial, Peony , and Quarry gardens.
Favorite thing: No matter where you turn on this Estate there is beauty. This is on the East Terrace looking at the backside of the summerhouse. This estate is huge! Bring a bottle of water it's going to be a long walk!
Favorite thing: Go through the Library and out the other side, you will find a beautiful marble stairway! There lead you uo to the East Terrace which is between the Reflecting Pool and the garden. Wonderful views from atop!
Favorite thing: Getting a map at the visitor center or the main entrance to the museum is a handy thing to have, there is a lot of ground to cover! Some of the place to go, The main museum, libray, Reflecting Pool, Enchanted woods for the kids, a wonderful new place they have built for the kids with many things to do! The Peony ,Sundial,and Quarry Gardens.